Press Some Apples, Support the Beech Street Community Garden

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Have you been by the Beech Street Community Garden? It’s a sweet space on the south side of of The Grotto (another beautiful spot) in the Madison South neighborhood. They are holding a fundraiser for the garden—pressing apples for apple juice—on Sunday, October 13, from 1-4pm with a sliding scale of $5 to $50 per person to participate. Funds will go to improve the garden—purchase supplies, seeds, tools and materials for future seasons. Continue reading “Press Some Apples, Support the Beech Street Community Garden”

Around the World in 82 Dishes Starts October 11

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As someone who loves to eat food from the world of global cuisine, you can bet I’m pretty chuffed about the upcoming campaign, Around the World in 82 Dishes. It’s billed as “an international food tour of 82nd Avenue,” and judging from the list of participants, that’s right on target. The campaign goes from Friday, October 11 to Sunday October 27, a little over two weeks. $5 specials are the name of the game. Continue reading “Around the World in 82 Dishes Starts October 11”

Four Things I Learned This Week (October 4)

Here we go again—four new-to-me things I learned in Portland food this week.

Raclette returns to Cheese Bar. You know the weather has cooled down when the raclette comes out. Cheese Bar (6031 SE Belmont Street) does a terrific version every Wednesday, “until the tulips come up in the spring.” The melty cheese action starts at 5:30pm and goes until the cheese is gone. For $7 you get a plate of roasted potatoes, ham, cornichons and house mustard all topped with this wonderful Alpine cheese.

The rent is too damn high in Montavilla. Townshend’s Montavilla Teahouse (7940 SE Stark Street) is closing; the last day is Sunday, October 13. Word on the street is that they can’t afford the rent. This is just the latest in Stark Street closings, with the fear of gentrification nagging with each shuttering.

But there’s a new tea spot coming to NE Glisan. Neighbor Benjamin K reports that Glisan Halal (7830 NE Glisan) will open a small cafe next door. They’ll offer Arab-style tea (“black tea with cream brewed with cardamom, cinnamon and sugar”) and small bites (e.g. sambusas). Look for them in a couple of months.

Delores has a new bar menu. A small but focused menu, the food at the bar at Delores (1401 SE Morrison Street) sounds delicious! Save a kielbasa slider for me.

Eat Tacos at Taco Pedaler Today

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Tacos up close at Taco Pedaler

So, it’s National Taco Day today, and Portland has an impressive array of good tacos to choose from. You’ll hear people wax poetic about their favorites—perhaps it’s ¿Por Qué No? with the lines. Or Tight Tacos’ street tacos—now in a new location at The Zipper building. Perhaps you have some favorite guisados at Mi Mero Mole. I’m sure there are others (feel free to tell me about them in the comments). For me, it’s the fresh, flavorful tacos at Taco Pedaler that really satisfy. Continue reading “Eat Tacos at Taco Pedaler Today”

Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, September 2019

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It’s always interesting to see what posts do well on this little blog site each month. Below are the top five posts from September. As always, thanks for reading!

5. Red Sauce Pizza Moving to Fremont and NE 47th Avenue

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Yesterday afternoon I opened up Instagram and saw the news: Red Sauce Pizza is moving! I never thought I’d see the day, since they are such a presence on that strip of 42nd Avenue. They’ll be moving into a space on NE Fremont and 47th Avenue, which can only be the location of the now-shuttered Anchor End (and before that, Thrive). Anchor End closed in early August 2019. Continue reading “Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, September 2019”